Ital­ian job lands Kyle a place in the Worlds

Diver sur­prised him­self with first place fin­ish

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Mar­ios Pa­paloizou tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

and I thought if I dived to my best than I might be able to win.

“When I was watch­ing the com­pe­ti­tion I started to think more and more that if I put in my best dive I would have a chance.

“On my last dive I knew that I had to do re­ally well to have a chance at win­ning and luck­ily I man­aged it.

“It was scary be­cause I was up there know­ing what I had to do so I just tried to stay calm and think about my train­ing and do the same. After that I knew I was guar­an­teed sil­ver, which was al­ready in­cred­i­ble, but then I watched the other guy who could have won.

“That is the num­ber one achieve­ment of my ca­reer so far, and now I have the chance to go to the worlds.”

The World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships will be Kothari’s big­gest com­pe­ti­tion to date, and he ad­mits that it has all come around faster than he could have ever ex­pected.

“I have upped my train­ing from 24 hours a week to about 32 be­cause I think my coach recog­nised that I was im­prov­ing and could go fur­ther,” he added.

“So that’s pay­ing off now, and this is with­out doubt the best year of my ca­reer and I want to keep it go­ing.

“Be­fore this year I was think­ing it would take me a few years be­fore I could medal at the Euro­peans, but it has come around so quickly.

“If I dive to my ab­so­lute best at the Worlds there is an chance I can make the podium, then hope­fully I can make the step up to se­nior level at some point – and then my goal is to make it the Olympics.”

SSE is part­ner­ing with Sport­sAid to support the sport­ing stars of the fu­ture as part of its com­mit­ment to Glas­gow 2014 and beyond with its SSE Next Gen­er­a­tion am­bas­sador pro­gramme. Keep up to date with the lat­est @ YourSSE.

‘AMAZ­ING’: Kyle Kothari is look­ing for­ward to the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships

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